I bring this up not to pick on the therapist, because she obviously was doing Mrs. Jones some good with the tightness in her back and neck. What concerns me is that this therapist was obviously parroting what she had been told about migraine headaches. This therapist, along an alarming number of health care providers, have been programmed to believe that migraine headaches are some mystical condition that can only be treated with “migraine” medications and nothing else. According to this line of logic, these patients just mysteriously woke up one day with a lack of painkillers and anti-convulsants in their systems. That sounds plausible, right?
It is a well known fact among any practitioner that has even an elementary understanding of anatomy and biomechanics that “tension” headaches are often caused by dysfunction in the neck and upper back. Unfortunately, many health care providers still treat these headaches with painkillers and muscle relaxers, completely ignoring the underlying cause, so they just treat migraines the same way. Why? Because they cannot treat joint dysfunction in the neck and upper back, but what they CAN do is fill out a prescription. Think about it, you have a clinic full of doctors who only have hammers. Sooner or later, everything just starts looking like a nail.
Unfortunately, not all migraines are caused by spinal problems. Food allergies, hormonal imbalances, and depression may play a role. However, we have seen many of our patients recover from debilitating migraine headaches by treating the delicate joints of the neck and upper back with the Atlas Orthogonal and Activator Methods chiropractic techniques. Most people understand that a pinched nerve in the lower back can cause pain in the leg. Through similar anatomical pathways, a pinched nerve in the neck can also cause pain in the head. Any dysfunction in this area irritates the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that travel through the neck bones, or vertebrae, on their way to the head. A simple chiropractic exam will reveal whether a patient shows signs of vertebral misalignments. If so, a trial of care will reveal whether or not chiropractic adjustments will help YOUR headaches.